In the current issue Jeffrey Hart writes:
Jacques Barzun was so eminent a figure that it is surprising to me that he remained so accessible and encouraging to much younger men. Then and now, when I think of Barzun, I recall the Oxford clerihew about the great classicist and polymath Benjamin Jowett:Alas, that is not a clerihew. Neither is it an accurate quotation. The famous verse about Jowett was:
My name is Jowett
Of Balliol College;
If I don’t know it,
It is not knowledge.
First come I. My name is Jowett.While we’re at it, the January 2006 issue arrived in my mailbox minus its cover. While vandalism perpetrated by a Leftist postal worker can’t be ruled out (why are so many postal workers Communists?), it seems likely the missing cover is the result of a mishap at the printing plant. I would be much obliged if an intact copy were sent as a replacement.
There's no knowledge but I know it.
I am the Master of this College,
What I don't know isn't knowledge